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CLUB MEETING DATES FOR THE YEAR 2012/2013 TARC Toastmasters Club (No. 1759651) July

6 14

Fri sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting + Installation Ceremony

20

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

*Semester Exams – 9th August – 25th August 2012 August September October November December

11

Sat

No meeting due to exams

25

Sat

No meeting due to exams

8

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

22

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

13

sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

27

sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

10

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

24

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

8

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

15

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

22

Sat

No meeting due to exams

*Semester exams – 27 December 2012 – 12th January 2013 January February March

12

Sat

No meeting due to exams

26

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

9

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

23

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

9

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

23

Sat

No meeting due to exams

*Semester Exams - 25th March – 10th April 2013 April

13

sat

No meeting due to exams

27

Sat

TARC’s Toastmasters Meeting

Meeting dates are subject to change due to exams and other unforeseen circumstances in college. Please contact our Vice President of Education, Jonathan Lim (014-294 9967) if you are interested to attend any one of the meeting dates above. Please check our Facebook and blog for new updates on meeting dates. With the recent intake of new members, June – Dec 2012 meetings that are supposed to be on 2nd and 4th Saturdays may be subject to change to cater to our members’ speaking needs.


Charter Club President’s Message Entering into our second year after being chartered on the 11 of April 2011, one year plus ago, has just passed with a blink of an eye.

Editor Leong Kai Yang TM

We have just achieved numerous awards and recently being named the ‘President’s Distinguished Club’. So much has been achieved by this new baby club.

Photographers Eric Low Chern Yeun, ACB, CL Jonathan Lim, CC

Wow, I strongly urge everyone to join Toastmasters (if you are not already a member). I just noted from Ms Kho that the emcee was a member of the Toastmasters club and he was so great that “I think I need to mark up myself to fit the atmosphere…’. This was the extract from Mr Steve Chia, the senior executive director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia during the grand launching of the PwCACCA Star Programme on 8 March 2012. Yes, I was that particular emcee but the important point here is not about me but is about being a living testimony of Toastmasters club. Agreeing with Ms Say, Toastmasters club is a “place” where I can apply what I have learnt and also spread the word about this great organization to all. And wah-la, mission accomplish! It is not about all the congratulation notes I receive from the Principal or those VIP that make my day, but it is when the executive director himself noted how important Toastmasters is, and that by itself helps promote TARC Toastmasters Club. I urge everyone of you to be an example and show how you have improved in your communication skills to your friends and family. Join competitions, like how Kevin and Zu Liang did. Go ‘clubbing’ like how Jon and I have done. And, while you are there, please tell everyone that you are from TARC Toastmasters Club, where Toastmasters Are Really Cool. Raise up our club’s name and tell everyone who we are. After all, aren’t we cool? As we reach the end of our semester, we the Charter EXCO, end our term with a bang. We are definitely on track ending with a strong and solid foundation. Let us continue this momentum as we strive for the future. Do you want to be in the most successful, active and the ONLY International club in college? Soar with us and you will NOT regret, as TARC Toastmasters is like your family, your friend and your community where Toastmasters Are Really Cool! Together Towards Tomorrow Eric Low Chern Yuen, ACB CL Charter Club President

TAR College Toastmasters Are Really Cool!

Contributor Vincent Chow Soon Kit ACS,CL

Executive Committee For the year 2012/2013 President Kevin Lim Yoong Meng, TM Tel: 016 972 3702 kevin_klym@hotmail.com

Vice President Education Jonathan Lim, CC Tel: 014 294 9967 jlmrpresident@gmail.com

Vice President Membership Tan Zu Liang, TM Tel: 017 318 6189 tanzuliang@hotmail.com

Vice President Public Relation Victor Tan Chor Hian, TM Tel: 016 244 1999 chorhian1991@hotmail.com

Secretary Amy Tee Jing Min, TM Tel: 016 690 5658 amy_teejm930@hotmail.com

Treasurer Christine Gan Shin Hue, TM Tel: 012 325 9057 gan117_chris@yahoo.com

Sergeant at Arm Yeong Jia Jie, TM Tel” 014 930 5164 jiajieyeong@hotmail.com

Committee member Aaron Chung Chee Fai, TM Tel: 012 322 3402 coolest_fai_zai@hotmail.com Palmer Khoo Tiong Guan, TM Tel: 010 760 2323 palmerktg@hotmail.com

TARC Toastmasters Club (No. 1759651) District 51, Division W, Area W2


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Toastmaster’s Meeting Highlights 21st April 2012 “Happy Birthday TARC Toastmasters” 26th April 2012”Yellow Attire Meeting” 4th May 2012 “Movie anyone?” 12th May 2012 “Happy Mothers’ Day” 18th May 2012 “Happy Teachers’ Day” 26th May 2012 “I’ll be right back!”

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Members’ Highlight Spotlight : Victor Tan, Jonathan Lim Won KPMG-ACCA-TARC Best Soft Skills Development Program Competent Communicator

Article : Happy Club, Happy DCP Written by ACS, CL Vincent Chow

President’s Distinguished Club

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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21st April “Happy Birthday TARC Toastmasters” Nnasi lemak… my breakfast

Nasi Melak?

Challenge Accepted : TM Deepak Pall Singh attempting his ice-breaking speech

Influential : TM Adrian Wong giving us a piece of his mind on how you can be brilliant!

HAHA! My evil plan works! Everyone seems to get distracted by the smell of Nasi Lemak.

Nasi lemak?

Experienced : CC Tham Cinyee giving some valuable feedbacks not only the speaker but all the members

Hunger Break : Having nasi lemak during breaks add some “spice” in the meeting.

26th April “Yellow Attire Meeting” Did you know? It’s impossible to lick your elbow

Malaysians are never late. Because they’re always “on the way”

Action! : TM Kevin Lim role playing during his speech. Message is clear even without words The Chocolate lover : TM Amy Tee’s attempting her second speech full with chocolatie. Yumie! 

Did You Know? : ACS Chan Siew Peng open-handed when it comes to sharing.

Chocolate can actually help in reducing weight.

Seriously?

First evaluation experience : TM Leong Kai Yang has been receiving feedbacks, now it’s time for giving feedbacks.


One more thing, I’m worried about my…….

4th May “Movie Anyone?” There’s nothing to worry about

It’s time already, where’s the president??

Gosh, He is so annoying Curious : CC, CL Eric Low telling details to a new guest who was interested to join.

Energetic beginning : Ordinary meeting with extraordinary crowd before the meeting begins

Erm..this is a book. It consist of a stack of papers and…what else…. name?

Evaluating table topics is easy. Because they just stand there and say nothing. Steady : TM Zu Liang handles few speakers evaluation and he seems no problem with that.

Say what? : TM Alexander Ho taking up the “Toastmasters of the day” for the first time.

12th May “Happy Mother’s Day” …………What is he talking about?

People always say, “…..

Great courage from fresh blood : TM Joseph, a new member just join and tried table topics a few times already.

Miss, are you looking for me?

Missing someone? : TM Sara, Sergeant-at-Arms calling our club advisor to join group photo session

Where’re looking at? : Even all the audience listen attentively, there will always be some members easily get distracted by the camera.

I love guys who swim and nice abs AND tanned skin. Most importantly, he must be HOT!

I too love seaside view, except guys change to girls : TM Nicole Ong enjoys seaside view with masculine guys swimming.


18th May “Happy Teacher’s Day” Dancer No.1, where are you?......

BEAT IT! BEAT IT! BEAT IT! BEAT IT!

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER!!

Where are you? : TM Kevin (right) confirming role players

You call that dancing ?

Hehe : The master of Table Topics, TM Ming Yuan giving a mischievous smile when he was volunteering speakers.

We present it with style : TM Lim Ewe Teik (left) performing his second project speech. CC Jonathan (right) as the GM of the day.

26th May “I’ll be right back” Okay

This whole bucket isn’t enough for me

You can have the cookies but not too much, ok?

Seasoned speaker : Division P Governor, DTM Geoff Andrew as usual, evaluating without notes.

Zzz. Boring… .

Expressions of concentration : TM Yim Kong Joe (right) together with our guest seem inspired by the project speeches.

Happy Birthday! : TM Palmer Khoo at his 21st birthday. Just as we knew, we celebrated with cookies instead of a birthday cake. 

Nice move! How can he do that

HAIIIYAK!!!

Great help from other club : CC Patrick Lim, all the way from D'utama Advanced Toastmasters Club as the Table Topics Evaluator


Members’ Highlight TM Victor Tan with his team, “DareDevils” won the “Best Team Award” during the KPMG-ACCA-TARC Best Soft Skills Development Program at TAR College. Our TARC Toastmasters Club member has made a huge leap in his lifetime as he usually claims himself to have “a million ants crawling on his skin’ when he presented his first speech. A major improvement for him as the “ants” from “millions” to “hundreds of ants crawling” now as he has more controls of his fear of public speaking. This is a great opportunity for TARC Toastmasters club to interview the team leader of “DareDevils” TM Victor Tan to share his experience of participating in the contest and future plans.

1. Can you briefly describe about the KPMG-TARC-ACCA Best Soft Skills Development Program? It is basically a program organized by KPMG in collaboration with TARC and ACCA which allows us to be exposed to all kinds of soft skills being learnt through the activities that they organized ranging from time management which would be a necessity to most of the students like us, effective communication skills which enables us to excel in the future, interpersonal skills and leadership skills to enhance our personal brand and lots more. I would say that it’s an effective way to learn all these skills through the activities that they organized and I would greatly encourage all my juniors to join this program as it will leave them a wonderful and meaningful experience on their timeline.

2. Why is your team named 'The Daredevils'? Are your team members very daring? We wanted our team name to be impactful to everyone. We strived in our very best to accomplish those impossibilities and eliminating all those challenges that we met to the MAX. Our motto shows it all – We dare to think new ideas, We dare to speak and interact with others, We dare to accept your challenges.

3. What was the charity project that your team worked on during the Program? Our charity project is mainly focused on humanity angle which is the Sinthamani Divine Life Ashram, an orphanage home which consists of not only children, but also old folks as well as single mothers. We launched a few projects on this orphanage home which consists of ice-breaking with the kids, mass cleaning on the surroundings of the orphanage home, collection of donation in terms of monetary as well as daily consumables and lastly would be an activity day with the kids which was the day we enjoyed the MOST among all the activities.

4. In your humble opinion, how did your team prepare for the event, and presented the project on stage? To be honest, we were shocked about the venue and the crowd. We did not expect it to be like a live TV show sort of thing. At first, we were all worried about our presentation on the stage. Since our team was the last team to present, we decided to have some amendments on our presentation which is to make our presentation to be unique and more outstanding than the other teams. As in overall performance, I would say that everything turned out to be fine.


5. How did you use the skills you learn at Toastmasters and at the Program to become an effective team member? And how will you continue to use the skills outside the Program? By using the effective communication skills that I’ve learnt in Toastmaster, I was able to communicate with my members effectively. Besides that with the leadership skills, I was able to become a good motivator as well as an efficient leader to my team members. Outside the program, I will continue to use the skills in my everyday life. I’ll be able to socialize and communicate well with others as well as my own family.

6. Lastly, any parting words for our readers? I would say that Toastmaster is indeed a very good place to learn especially for those who are shy and not sociable with others. It has widened my circle of friends and made me more connected with others. Thank you, Victor, and congratulations on your team's accomplishment again at the event!

If you want it, Come and get it

Story of his life

Here is the cute and cuddly “DareDevils” celebrating their achievement. They would to accept new challenges if you dare.

TM Victor Tan attempting his ice-breaker speech without any notes. He was born dare to accept new challenges.


Congratulations to Jonathan Lim for achieving his Competent Communicator! Introduction Jonathan Lim joined TARC Toastmasters Club even before the club chartered on April 2011. His passion of learning has transformed him to be a competent communicator. When I first joined TARC Toastmasters Club on June 2011, I was greeted warmly by Jonathan Lim. I sensed his fascination and nervousness from his eyes. This is because he was going to present his project speech later. That time, I did not know what Jonathan is about to do, so I questioned him with a lot of my doubts about Toastmasters. He did not ignore me nor answer me untruthfully. When it was his time to present, he paused me by saying, “Okay, I’ll answer your questions later”. There he went off and presented with style. Then he really came back and answered all my annoying questions. From that moment, I could see that Jonathan Lim is a competent communicator. Despite his inexperience that time, he would not abandon his juniors. He is passionate about learning and he wants to help others to learn. By overcoming his fear, he would always volunteered himself in Table Topics session and also to help overcome other members’ fear, he always encourage members to come up and speak during his table topics(maybe it’s because to buy some time). His Toastmasters journey has brought him to a whole new level. He participated in an International Speech Contest and won 2nd runner up. He also took up the role as Organizing Chair of Tall Tale Contest 2011 in TARC. It is his future aspirations for TARC Toastmasters Club. Despite the obstacles, he managed to let the event run smooth and it turns out to be a huge success as first time being Organizing Chair. Here is our interview with Jonathan Lim for his recent accomplishment in achieving the Competent Communicator (CC) Award.

1. How do you feel you have improved since you first started? I think although I have achieved my Competent Communicator award (CC), I feel that learning does not come to an end. That is why the Advanced Manuals come into place, where there are 15 of them in which various types of speeches in different situations can be tried and practiced during a Toastmasters meeting. However, I have managed to overcome my fears from time to time and gained confidence to present on stage.

2. What is the area you find hardest to improve? Characteristic, that is to say, your attitude during a Toastmasters meeting. I must confess that I am an excited type of person, and I felt that during my speech presentations, I tend to feel a little nervous. That is why, in my opinion, attitude is very difficult to be changed, as we are so used to this in our daily lives.


3. Any feedback that gave you the most impact? (It can be embarrassing or inspiring.) The feedback that I received is that I must, as everybody has taken it, practice. In my opinion, the one who is afraid of doing speeches, is the one who does not want to be ridiculed on stage. It is because of pride. You have the pride in taking positive feedbacks, on the other hand, you wouldn’t want to receive an ironclad punch on your chest, that is to say that you wouldn’t want to take any criticism. In my case, I’ve received both the blend of inspiring and embarrassing, in which I was inspired by the encouragement of my speech evaluators to make my speech to be more impactful, and embarrassing as they comment and reviewed my flaws that I’ve performed during my speech presentations.

4. How do you find the right balance between speeches & your studies? To answer this, I would say that doing speeches may benefit me in any presentation, whether it is schooloriented or others. Since, I’m in the Creative Arts faculty in the School of Social Science and Humanities, I may deduce that assignments require presentations as they are included in the assignment scope, because students present their final designs to share their work to others. So, in terms of speeches, I would wait for the time to present when my designs have been completed ready to be presented.

5. How would you like to contribute further towards TARC Toastmasters Club? I would continue presenting speeches during club meetings to achieve goals for the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) of TARC Toastmasters Club. Although presenting speeches focuses on personal growth, but at the same time as you are doing speeches, you are also in the process of achieving goals for your club. But for me, I do like to help members in building up their confidence when on stage and helping them learn new things. Toastmasters is not only to achieve goals, but the most important thing is the process, the journey of what you’ve experience in Toastmasters.

6. Any advice for beginner Toastmasters members? I would just have to say that, do keep up with the good work, as you step into your journey in improving your confidence whenever you are in the working environment. The most important thing is to learn. But do remember, your studies have to take place first!

Jonathan Lim presenting his 10th speech with the title “Let’s not waste any more time”

Charter President of TARC Toastmasters Club, TM Eric Low (right) presenting the certificate and a token of appreciation to the Organising Chair on behalf of the TARC Toastmasters Club, TM Jon Lim (left)

Jonathan Lim guiding a new member on how to be the emcee of the day

Jonathan Lim won 2nd runner up in International Speech Contest


Happy Club, Happy DCP As we begin a fresh start in our new term, our Distinguished Club Program (DCP) resets once more, every Toastmasters club would agree on one common aim – to help fulfil our members’ speaking and leadership needs. Then I hear a shout from the background – “What about the DTM Vincent Hor (left) one of the “fathers” and ACG, ALS Ng President’s Distinguished Club award?” Lay Choo (right) mother of the TARC Toastmasters Club

Yes, achieving President’s Distinguished Club award is frequently our yearly ambition. However, what about clubs running with difficult circumstances, that only managed to chalk up Distinguished Club status when in the previous year, they couldn’t? The members are the happiest bunch you could have meet, despite knowing the outcome of the DCP. Surely, the club is also successful, but how do we truly define the ‘degree of success’? Would we ‘lose face’ if we were not able to achieve President’s Distinguished Club status? If you are having difficulty answering that question, you shouldn’t. The DCP is itself a set of guidelines that helps us plan out good quality meetings synonymous to the Toastmasters’ aim of providing a mutual and supportive learning environment for all of our members. When we have happy members, we have a happy club, and ultimately our club success. Toastmasters International President-elect, John Lau, DTM shared on his Facebook ‘Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability’. The journey towards achieving the distinct targets in the DCP program is what rewards our members, lesser than the award itself. I picked out opinions from fellow members on the Toastmasters’ International Linkedin Group about what the DCP really means – From Dawna, Talk of the Town Toastmasters Club, Canada: “The DCP is not just a tick-mark on a piece of paper. It is the dedication of the members to achieve the goals they set for themselves, dedication of the mentor to member, dedication of the EXCO to make it where growth can occur and the dedication of all the members to fill the roles to enable meetings to run, provide constructive feedback so that the member can learn and grow.” Andrew Chiu from Northrop Grumman Toastmasters Club, US notes: “The DCP is a great measure of success, but never forget instinctively the importance of happiness, to use the Toastmasters program as a hilt to create a beautiful excitement and a real purity of aspiration.” While in the achievement of speech-related targets, understand that we do speeches to learn essential communication skills, and our own club members should not be deprived of the messages we commune. Let’s shamelessly obey the rule of only doing two speeches outside our own home club environment, despite the temptation to speak in clubs that are notably better than our club. The journey towards club success is likened to a 50km marathon, but it’s

wise to be completed calmly with good pacing. You can, however complete it within 30 minutes by driving. You won’t get the cardio benefit, but you get to the end faster. You get 10 out of 10 DCP goals, but were you and your club members still unhappy and unsatisfied? Mike Raffety, DTM is the past International Director of District 8. In his blog (mikeraffety.com), he shared what is perhaps to me, a memorable leadership session of the ‘Living DCP’. For each DCP goal, he called volunteers out of the audience who are working on that goal, and interviewed them briefly about their objectives and experiences. For the first goal, he asked for two people in the audience who are working on their Competent Communicator award, and call them up to the stage. He asked what speech they’re on, what they’ve learned so far, and when they expect to complete speech number 10. Ditto for the rest of the education awards. For new members, Mike asked for a show of hands for anyone who’s joined in the last few months, called them up, asked them why they joined, talked about their Icebreaker, etc. Club officer training is similar – ask for a volunteer holding each office, ask them about their role in that office, and get their commitment to twice-a-year training. Finally, there’s the club officer list and on-time due, for which Mike returned to the club president, secretary and treasurer from the previous group. By now, Mike had 16 members on stage, and now it’s time to underline the DCP membership requirement, noting that we need a few more people to round out the club and make a total of 20 (or a net growth of five). He picked up a few excited audience members who missed out the earlier interviews who are ready to run up on stage. Mike wrapped up by summarizing the ten goals, pointing out the members achieving those goals on stage, and presenting the crowd of 20 members on stage as a ten-goal President’s Distinguished “club”, to strong applause.

Have a happy journey towards your DCP! Written by Vincent Chow Soon Kit, ACB CL


DISTINGUISHED CLUB PROGRAM REPORT 2011/2012 TARC Toastmasters Club (No. 1759651) District: 51 Division: W Area: W2 Goal Actual

Achieved

[1] CC

2

2

*

[2] Additional CCs

2

2

*

[3] AC

1

1

*

[4] Additional ACs

1

1

*

[5] CL, AL or DTM

1

1

*

[6] Additional CLs, ALs, or DTMs

1

1

*

[7] New members

4

4

*

[8] Additional New Members

4

18

*

June – August

4

7

*

And September - February

4

7

*

October or April renewal

1

2

*

And Officer list

1

1

*

[9] Officers trained (both required)

[10] Submitted on time (both required)

Total Goals Achieved

10

We have finally finished our Club Distinguished Program! But our journey never ends We are now striving to meet the World

ROAR!!

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